Marshawn Lynch: Seahawks return like getting ‘plugged back’ into ‘The Matrix’
Marshawn Lynch stands as one of the most colorful NFL characters of all time, and the recent way he described his abbreviated return to the Seattle Seahawks last season substantiates as much.
Michael Silver of NFL.com recently wrote a retelling of the superstar running back’s three-game stint — one in the regular season and two postseason appearances — with the Seahawks. In it, Lynch reminisced about what it was like to return to his old Beast Mode stomping grounds of Seattle.
To no surprise, Lynch didn’t disappoint with how he described his return.
“They were really on some hype, like, ‘Damn, OG, your old ass can still move.’ It was always that ‘OG’ s—. But s—, I ain’t gonna lie: I oohed and aahed my damn self. I wasn’t expecting to be able to move and get down like that” the former All-Pro back colorfully recalled.
Lynch would end by saying, “But I guess it was just like once I got plugged back in, I was in ‘The Matrix’ or something.”
After a brief retirement during which he skipped the 2016 season, Lynch signed with his hometown Oakland Raiders. The 2012 First-Team All-Pro appeared in 15 games for the Raiders in 2017 and played in six more in 2018.
Lynch sat on the shelf for a majority of the 2019 season until the Seahawks came calling after losing three running backs to injury. Rushed into action, Lynch carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards in Seattle’s season finale. He did score three rushing touchdowns for the Seahawks in the postseason, however.
Lynch’s first stint with the Seahawks was the stuff of legend, though, a five-year run that included a Super Bowl XLVIII victory. Possibly the most memorable moment of Lynch’s Seahawks career is perhaps the most iconic rushing touchdowns in playoff history, one famously known for causing the “Beast Quake” in downtown Seattle during a 41-36 wild-card round victory over the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 8, 2011.
Lynch is technically a free agent at this time, as he has yet to officially announcement his retirement. Lynch mentioned in May that his agent was “in talks” with the Seahawks about returning in 2020, but nothing has yet come to fruition on that front just yet.
That does not mean it can’t happen, though. And if it does, it presumably would be just like plugging into “The Matrix” once again for Lynch.